The word “pizza” is one of the first Italian words. According to the historian Giuseppe Knuckle the word pizza was used for the first time in Gaeta, a fishing village in southern Lazio in 997 AD. (not in Naples!)
According to his study the pizza, at least as etymology, would take its moves from a mill near the Garigliano river, which divides Lazio from Campania. This name appears in fact for the first time in a deed preserved in the cathedral of Gaeta and drafted in May of 997 AD.
The lease of a mill located by the river Garigliano and the adjoining land, had legal effect provided that “every year on Christmas Day , you and your heirs must paid to us and our successors, by way of rent ….. twelve pizzas, a shoulder pork and a kidney, and likewise twelve pizzas and a couple of chickens in the day of Easter of Resurrection. ” The deed was originally written in Latin but contain the Italian vernacular term of pizza.
And below, I like to provide some extra tidbits of Pizza history to all Pizza lovers and fans out there….
- The ” archeopizza “, in the seventeenth century in Naples was a poor dish of white flat bread covered with lard. The tomato on the pizza arrived just after a while.
- In 1870, Margherita di Savoia during her stay in Naples was honored with a pizza with the colors of the Italian flag, white, red and green and so the” pizza Margherita” became the banner of United Italy.
- The same year, the loyal subjects of the Bourbons came up with a pizza topped with mozzarella from Caserta, little tomatoes from the Vesuvius, Gaeta olives, and anchovies to honor the last queen of the Kingdom of the Two Sicily’s, Maria Sofia.
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